This used to be a t-shirt. (Photo: Anthony Pappalardo)
As if you needed another reason to hit the Bedford + Bowery Bazaar on Saturday, here’s a real good one: Brian Downey of The Amazing Falcon Bowse T-Shirt Transformation Program will be there to turn your favorite old t-shirt into a nifty five-panel hat — for free. The custom lids go for $30 at his Greenpoint pop-up but from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, they’re gratis (first come, first served — based on availability, of course). So bring him that Wo Hop shirt that got felled by soy sauce and revive it in the form of a Falcon Bowse original.
FB joins the Bazaar’s already robust lineup: Torst is pouring beer all afternoon, Brooklyn Brewery is doing a free happy hour at 6:30 p.m. and serving into the night, Bossa Nova Civic Club is programing the DJs, and folks like Bunker Vietnamese, Harvest Cyclery and a slew of others (see the Facebook invite) are crossing the bridge for our outdoor extravaganza at the Hester Street Fair grounds, at Hester and Essex.
The folks at Levi’s will not rest until every fixie rider in Williamsburg is in a pair of their Commuter jeans. They just sent over the above video of Knox Robinson, publisher of First Run, tooling around town in them — passing plenty of street art, domino games and open fire hydrants, natch — and then leading folks at his Black Roses NYC running collective. Keep Reading »
If you want to escape Williamsburg this Labor Day weekend but worry that your acute case of FOMO will result in Blue Bottle Coffee withdrawal, we’ve got just the end-of-summer getaway for you: the Mile End! No, not the NoHo sandwich shop. We’re talking about the neighborhood in Montreal, where — just like in Williamsburg — you’ll hear people speak French while enjoying the comforts of rustic-chic cafés and artisanal everything. You won’t even miss out on the gratifying hat varieties of your Hasidic neighbors. Keep Reading »
In case you missed our tweet about it over the weekend, Odessa Cafe Bar is closing after 33 years on Avenue A. The next-door diner will stay open. See @bedbow for the goodbye message.
The Times interviews dozens of friends, relatives and former employees of Colin Devlin, the DuMont restaurateur who took his own life last month. “Since childhood, he felt tremendously burdened to support people around him, financially and emotionally. He was insecure despite his success and his charm.” [NY Times]
Here’s an interesting thing about Bob Holman’s appearance tomorrow at the St. Mark’s Bookshop: on the reading’s Facebook page, Holman commented, “This will be the summer closer, the Last Party Ever For the store at this location.”
Holman is also an organizer of Howl! Festival. (Photo: Chris O. Cook)
Given his involvement with the No 7-Eleven campaign and the relaunch of the Bowery Poetry Club in a new location, the poet Bob Holman occupies the crossroads of several vectors of change on the Bowery. Not that that’s anything new for him: since the ’70s, in his various roles as coordinator of the St. Mark’s Poetry Project, director of the Nuyorican Poets Café, founder of the Bowery Poetry Club, author, editor, emcee and archivist (among other things), Holman has perhaps done more than anybody else to foster and grow the Bowery’s long and storied oral poetry tradition. Keep Reading »
Sullivan (and his book) on the Lower East Side (Photo: Natalie Rinn)
If you caught Lady Gaga’s, well, Gaga-esque performance at the MTV Video Music Awards last night, you’d never think to describe her as “very short,” with a “very quiet voice.” But that’s how she was known to Brendan Jay Sullivan, author of a memoir out this week, Rivington Was Ours: Lady Gaga, The Lower East Side and the Prime of our Lives. Keep Reading »
The Grandmaster is Wong Kar-wai’s biopic about legendary Ip Man, best known as Bruce Lee’s kung fu teacher. The master’s legacy continues on with a series of recent movies including Wilson Yip’s “Ip Man” (2008), “Ip Man 2” (2010), and Herman Yau’s in-the-works “Ip Man: The Final Fight.” Keep Reading »
The #HovaHoax of 2013 might just be the biggest punking since Radiohead was a no-show at Zuccotti Park. Because there apparently weren’t enough freeshows going on this weekend, someone started a rumor that Jay-Z (er, Jay Z) was doing a surprise gig — not at his own Barclays Center, where the MTV Music Video Awards went down Sunday, but on Troutman Street in Bushwick. Keep Reading »
This weekend, it’s “all that jazz” in a very literal sense. You already know that the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival is bringing legendary Miles Davis sideman and cool-jazz pioneer Leo Konitz to Tompkins Square Park for a free show. But that’s just the start of it. If you need to get out of the sun at any point between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., you might want to duck into A Gathering of the Tribes, where Bird meets the word in the form of the Charlie Parker Poetry Reading. Downtown poets Bob Holman, Steve Dalachinsky, Patricia Spears Jones and a host of others will do their thing at Steve Cannon’s East Third Street apartment gallery. Keep Reading »
Last night at Pianos, as Shilpa Ray howled along to a harmonium and bounced between tough swagger, sweet laughter and charming stage banter, it became apparent that not only is the bluesy punk singer one of Brooklyn’s most unique and moving performers, but she’s pretty much the epitome of cool. It’s no surprise that, earlier this year, legendary musician and all-around badass Nick Cave asked the Greenpointer to join him on tour as a back-up singer in The Bad Seeds. Keep Reading »